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03/28/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Using a ClearSky package, users pay only for a single, fully protected copy of their data that is accessible on-premises or in the cloud.
03/28/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Instead of requiring help from IT teams and specialized consultants, Amazon Connect can be configured and run directly by line-of-business employees.
03/28/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Like most in this business, I have an advanced degree. I even taught computer science at the college level part-time for eight years before life got too busy.

That said, you don’t need a college degree to be successful in cloud computing. In fact, over the last few years, I’ve seen a clear trend toward accepting those without degrees not only in cloud computing specifically but in tech in general.

Although many tech companies and enterprises state they want candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, I find that most don’t actually care these days. They see 20 cloud computing jobs chasing one candidate, so it’s a seller’s market.

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03/27/2017   eWeek Cloud News
As enterprises migrate to the cloud, security has to be top of mind. Here are tips on how companies can minimize the risk of data breaches as they plan cloud strategies.
03/27/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

If you use Microsoft’s Docs.com to store personal documents, stop reading this and make sure you aren’t inadvertently leaking your private information to the world.

Microsoft sets any documents uploaded to the document sharing site as public by default—though it appears that many users aren’t aware of it. That means anyone can search Docs.com for sensitive personal information that wasn’t manually set private. PCWorld found social security numbers, health insurance ID numbers, bank records, job applications, personal contact details, legal correspondence, and drivers license numbers with just a few minutes of searching.

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03/27/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Live Location makes it easier for users to coordinate with as many people as a user wants.
03/27/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

For years people like me have carped that not only is the public cloud a small slice of IT spending, but the big public clouds are also much more likely to attract startups or other digital natives as customers instead of conventional enterprises.

That begs an important question: What then exactly is the “enterprise cloud”? Recently I interviewed Bob Weiler, executive vice president of global business units at Oracle, to drill into that topic. As head of Oracle Industries, it’s his job to marshal Oracle’s full portfolio of technologies to serve seven key verticals — and Oracle's cloud is a big part of that push.

When Oracle says “cloud,” you must first remember that most of the company’s cloud revenue comes from SaaS, despite Larry Ellison’s big talk about going head-to-head against AWS in full-on IaaS combat. SaaS makes particular sense in serving vertical industries. Through acquisition and internal development, Oracle has acquired the expertise to serve, say, the utilities or pharmaceutical or financial services industries through vertical SaaS applications.

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03/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Workflow automation is an important requirement for businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization.
03/24/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Check out these common misconceptions about the internet.

03/24/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Google said it is removing carrier SMS texting as part of a broader effort to make Hangouts and Gmail more streamlined and useful for enterprises.
03/24/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

You want solid cloud security, so you work to find the best approach and technology. But that won’t get the job done.

The truth is that competent cloud security technology is available, and most IT organizations’ cloud teams are good at finding and using it. But cloud IT doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so having the right approach and technology alone won’t secure your cloud operations.

To achieve solid cloud security, departments across IT need to come together, both those that focus on legacy and those that focus on cloud computing.

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03/23/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: IBM tells customers at its InterConnect Conference that "Cloud Native" applications that are designed and optimized to run in the cloud are in their future.
03/23/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Most technologies go through a stage when everything seems possible. Personal computers in the early 1980s, the internet in the late 1990s and mobile apps around the beginning of this decade were like that.

But so was the first unboxing of a Galaxy Note 7. In time, either suddenly or gradually, reality sets in.

The internet of things still looks promising, with vendors and analysts forecasting billions of connected devices that will solve all sorts of problems in homes and enterprises. But the seams are starting to show on this one, too. As promising as the technology is, it has some shortcomings. Here are a few.

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03/23/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Bottom line: IT in 2017 is all about speed. If a web service or website reacts quickly and efficiently and is easy to navigate, success for all parties generally will follow.
03/23/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Using a cloud platform like Google's can enable network engineers to shift to a strategic focus.

03/23/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Verizon, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and Enterprise are the latest major brands to pull YouTube ads due to their placement next to inappropriate content.
03/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: Google ramping up changes to ad placements after recent furor; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 launches with improved security; LinkedIn adds PointDrive to Sales Navigator for better content sharing; and there's more.
03/22/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The only sane and efficient way to manage a large numbers of servers—or even a few dozen, if they change often—is through automation. Automation tools have to be learned and mastered, so they exact a significant up-front cost, but they dramatically reduce the administrative burden in the long run. Perhaps most important, they provide a staunch line of defense against the fatal fat-fingered mistake, which even the most sophisticated cloud operators struggle to avoid.

Ease of use. Configuration management is simple with SaltStack. Because Salt uses the YAML configuration format, states are can be written quickly and easily. YAML state descriptions are structured well, with solid readability. The support for Mako, JSON, Wempy, and Jinja allows developers to extend Salt’s capabilities. The availability of built-in modules makes it easy to configure and manage states.

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03/22/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Publicis.Sapient is using new-gen technologies to update and make more efficient the style of business of a centuries-old bank in the UK.
03/21/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Facebook and Nokia have found a way to push a lot more data through a submarine cable across the Atlantic, which could help the social network keep up with the growth of video and virtual reality.

On a 5,500-kilometer (3,400-mile) cable between Ireland and New York, the companies tested a new technique developed at Nokia Bell Labs for increasing the efficiency of fiber-optic cables. They say it comes close to the absolute limit for sending bits over a fiber.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said VR is the future of social media. If it is, then the networks that link consumers and data centers will have more data than ever to carry. Higher resolution video also is increasing the burden on networks. For example, Netflix recommends subscribers have at least a 5Mbps broadband connection to stream HD video and 25Mbps for Ultra HD (4K) streams.

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03/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The open-source Kubernetes project has grown significantly in recent years and now benefits from commercial support from multiple vendors.
03/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: 'Cognitive to the Core' is an appropos unifying line for a massive company with 375,000 full-time employees scattered all over the world.
03/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Sales Navigator, LinkedIn’s “system of engagement” for salespeople, gets a significant upgrade with PointDrive’s presentation capabilities and tighter integration to CRM systems like Salesforce.com's.
03/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The changes will give advertisers more control over where their ads are placed on YouTube other Google sites.
03/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
Company has combined a flotilla of cloud-based marketing functions into what it calls the Adobe Experience Cloud, debuting it March 21 at its Digital Marketing Summit.
03/21/2017   eWeek Cloud News
DAILY VIDEO: IBM takes Blockchain DB service mainstream on cloud; Google reports a jump in hacked websites in 2016; Hackers escape VMware Virtual Machine isolation at Pwn2Own 2017; and there's more.
03/21/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

"Cloudops" is the latest buzzword. Its meaning is simple: the ability to operate workloads, including both applications and data, once they get to the public cloud.

What’s not so simple is figuring out what cloudops will cost over time, both based on future changes in technology costs and on adding or deleting workloads from the public cloud. 

The good news is that the back-of-the-napkin calculation to get started with is straightforward, once you've determined the values of a few basic variables:

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03/20/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It's only a matter of time before every major cloud vendor offers a version of Kubernetes as a service. Now it’s IBM’s turn.

This morning IBM announced the next logical step in its work with Docker containers: Kubernetes support on its Bluemix Container Service. Currently available in a limited beta, its feature set should match Google's and Microsoft's offerings.

Kubernetes, the Bluemix way

Previously, the default for managing Docker containers on Bluemix Container Service was to spin them up individually by hand or to use Bluemix’s container groups metaphor, where Bluemix directly managed multiple containers running the same image.

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03/20/2017   Virtualization
NEWS ANALYSIS: Four years ago, few had heard about Docker. Now it's one of the leading technologies helping to enable DevOps and microservices deployments around the world.
03/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
One recent study pointed out that half (49 percent) of information workers use at least three devices for work on a weekly basis. Enterprises are finding out that more control is needed in this area.
03/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
The new platform enables developers to build and host highly secure production blockchain networks on the IBM Cloud, powered by IBM's secure LinuxONE server.
03/20/2017   eWeek Cloud News
API-driven services enable clients to access and use actionable business data from sources that include cloud services, messaging platforms or application software, regardless of the environment in which they reside.
03/20/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Tech always comes in waves. The last big enterprise technology development wave crested in 2015, and ever since then potential adopters have been busily downloading bits, grappling with new ideas, and trying to determine which tech to bank on.

The great part of being in the wake of this latest wave is that we have a pretty coherent picture of the future of applications: Microservices running in Docker containers orchestrated by Kubernetes. This is the basic “cloud native” vision, where distributed applications are continuously monitored and improved, and new ones can be designed and spun up much faster than before.

But mind the gap between that vision and the current state of affairs in most enterprises. It’s always amusing to see the reaction of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest when they encounter the real world of the enterprise datacenter. Ben Sigelman, CEO of the distributed system reliability management startup Lightstep, described it as “chaos” in a recent panel hosted by the VC firm Redpoint.

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03/19/2017   Virtualization
In its most simplistic description, 3D Xpoint is a powerful processor that goes vertical in addition to horizontal. Thus the "3D" moniker, and thus the need for an entirely new SSD to hold it.
03/17/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Here's how to start retooling operational technology infrastructures for an IIoT future.

03/17/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

To promote the use of cloud computing by small businesses in India, the Indian government is planning to introduce a subsidy for cloud usage. The hope is that the use of the cloud will make small businesses more successful, thus increasing both employment and tax revenues to the government.

In the United States we see the opposite approach, with the government more interested in taxing cloud computing than promoting its use.   

Subsidies or not, the cloud does make it easier to start a small business because it makes IT resources both affordable and available. Before the cloud, those resources could cost millions of dollars.

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03/16/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

In this GNS3 video, David Bombal explains what makes Docker so popular.

03/15/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Developers interested in extending the capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant have some more free tools in their arsenal, thanks to a program the company announced Wednesday.

Developers with an active Alexa skill --  a service that expands the capabilities of the virtual assistant -- can apply for $100 in Amazon Web Services credits every month to help pay for what they’ve built. After that, they can receive up to $100 per month in additional credits if they incur usage charges for their skills.

The credits are meant to build on AWS’s existing Free Tier, which offers developers a small bundle of free services every month, but charges them for any usage that goes over those low caps. According to a blog post by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, the move is supposed to make it free for developers to operate most Alexa skills.

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03/15/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Enterprises are now contending the impact of cloud computing on all matters IT. The scalability and flexibility of cloud resources are crucial to CIOs, and the cloud has the potential to liberate IT teams from hit-or-miss capacity planning and future-proofing.

The race to grab the cloud mantle is heating up, and a sign of this was Eric Schmidt's recent speech in which he pushed companies to embrace the cloud.

"Just get to the cloud now," he said. "Just go there now. There's no time to waste anymore," Schmidt cautioned.

In addition, the IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) model means that IT can now be treated as operational expense that can be paid through monthly subscriptions rather than outright and expensive capital expenditure. That is why many organizations are now looking into shifting or integrating the cloud to their existing infrastructure.

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03/15/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

SAP has added some new capabilities to SAP Vora, its in-memory distributed computing system based on Apache Spark and Hadoop.

Version 1.3 of Vora includes a number of new distributed, in-memory data-processing engines, including ones for time-series data, graph data and schema-less JSON data, that accelerate complex processing.

Common uses for the graph engine might be analyzing social graphs or supply chain graphs, said Ken Tsai, SAP’s head of product marketing for database and data management.

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03/15/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Open source is all the rage, but isn't exactly easy to adopt. An Interop ITX speaker offers some tips.

03/14/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Customers who have Reserved Instance contracts with Amazon Web Services will be able to subdivide some of their Linux and Unix virtual machine instances while maintaining their capacity discounts, thanks to pricing changes announced Monday.

Reserved Instances allow customers to lock themselves into paying AWS for a certain amount of compute capacity with the company's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) in exchange for a discount off its list price. 

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03/14/2017   Virtualization
Adding lots of new functionality enables enterprises to connect previously siloed data stores, cloud services and mobile management platforms.
03/14/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

The cloud is seeping into virtually every application, in every industry of every size, because of its ability to enable constant application improvements, flexible cost structure, minimal IT resource support and always-on availability.

Because of these benefits, and little downside, the challenge for application developers modernizing legacy apps isn’t a question of whether to transition to cloud-based apps, but which platform to use in building customized cloud-based solutions.

Leveling the playing field

As smart, cloud-based solutions continue to gain traction in the marketplace, Cloud Solution Providers are leveraging platforms, such as Microsoft Azure, to more quickly build innovative solutions that become critical components of customers’ IT strategies.

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03/14/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Google is known as an engineering- and automation-driven company. Despite its core product, search, being as mass-market as you can get, Google has historically done a good job at working with developers: quality APIs, good documentation, and true engineering skill.

This focus on engineering has hurt its reputation when it comes to support, customer service, and ability to work with enterprises. However, in recent years that has changed significantly, and it's only in online techie forums (such as Hacker News), from people who have never interacted with paid Google support, that you see complaints about how it's impossible to speak to anyone. As a customer of Google Cloud and G Suite -- both paid products -- I can personally attest to the responsiveness and usually high level of quality when receiving technical support. 

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03/14/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Last week, Google showcased its enterprise cloud offerings at the Google Cloud Next conference, trying to show it could meet the needs of businesses, not only schools and small companies. The underlying pattern I saw in Google’s presentations was data.

Increasingly, I see the same focus on data among all cloud providers. It’s not Google alone that understands the need for data. Data should also be your IT organization’s measure of success in the cloud. I often look at the state of the data to determine success or failure of an enterprise that’s moving—or has moved—to the cloud.

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03/13/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

One of the key messages out of Google Cloud Next last week: The company has gotten serious about serving enterprise customers in a way that meets their needs. A key component of that is a new set of support plans for customers of its cloud platform.

Instead of paying one big support fee, businesses will pay per user for support privileges, based on how quickly they will get a response. The new plan replaces a set of monolithic tiers that required businesses to pay a flat fee per month plus a percentage of their monthly product usage. 

In the past, Google wasn’t exactly known for its support capabilities, but that’s something the company has changed in recent years. Google engineers originally believed they could create great technology that was self-service and easy to use, and that would be enough for business customers, said Dave Rensin, the company’s director of customer reliability engineering.

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03/13/2017   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Who doesn't like free stuff? Google knows we all do.

This week Google unveiled a new free-to-use tier for Google Cloud Platformaimed at users with modest compute, storage, database, and networking demands.

In the past, the company has offered a limited-time set of free usage credits for new Google Cloud Platform customers. That offer hasn't gone away; new sign-ups can still get $300 credit good for the first 12 months (previously 60 days).

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03/10/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Data professionals need to work with networking and other IT teams to troubleshoot across IT environments.

03/09/2017   Virtualization
Startup sees its software-defined server as the missing piece in the new-gen software-defined data center.
03/09/2017   Network Computing - Cloud Infrastructure

Research has shown that organizations heading toward DevOps maturity have employees who report they are more engaged and happier with their work. In this episode of Talking DevOps, Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate for NetApp SolidFire, explores how DevOps can connect workers more directly to business outcomes, leading to increased job and customer satisfaction. You can hear more about DevOps from Josh at Interop ITX in May, where he will present, "How To Evolve Ops Skills to a DevOps World." Register now for Interop ITX, May 15-19.